Lessons From The Jungle

Episode 52 | March 7, 2023

Episode 52

Today’s Episode

I just returned from the Amazon jungle, where I spent a week with jungle pastors who serve along the Amazon river. I’ll talk about some of the lessons I learned from them in today’s episode. And how they helped me better understand Paul’s encouragement to run our race for the ultimate prize. 

Their encouragement to us will help us step out of our comfort zones and into the boat with Jesus (something the people on the Amazon River do literally). I hope today’s episode encourages you to run the race that Jesus has for you. He will lead you if you’re willing to follow Him.

Episode Points

  1. If we’re reaping spiritually, we should be giving generously.
  2. We will only live spiritually disciplined lives if our prize is in focus.
  3. “Following Jesus was worth it then, it’s worth it now, it’s worth it all.” Pastor Gioval.

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Scripture References

1 Corinthians 9: 9-12
1 Corinthians 9: 24-27

Quote Kelly Mentioned: “In context, the overall argument has to do with putting others before self in order to maximize one’s effectiveness for the gospel, which requires rigorous self-discipline.” Mark Taylor, New American Commentary, 1 Cor.

How Do We Cultivate This in Our Lives?

Take some time to reflect on these questions after you read the passage and listen to the podcast:

  • What are some areas in your life God may be asking you to make sacrifices? 
  • How can you support those who are impacting your spiritual walk? 
  • Are you focusing on temporal rewards or on what is eternal in this life?

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